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March Madness In Springville

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By Alicia Dziak

It’s March in Springville. Longer days, roller coaster weather, fun in the sun, snow, rain and everything in between. It’s the time of year to get outside and enjoy the last of winter and the first of spring.

Get in the last of the season’s skiing and snowboarding fun at Kissing Bridge. March 4 is the annual Labatt BBQ, and the last Late Night Great Night of the season is Friday, March 10, sponsored by Snowflake Ski Shop and 245.

Now’s also the time to plan for next season. Mark your calendar for March 11 and 12 for KB’s annual sale, and score the best deals on next year’s time on the slopes. This popular sale is available at the KB Ticket Center and at www.kbski.com for two days only.

Enjoy some fresh air at Sprague Brook, which offers hiking trails and much more. If the snow returns, Sprague Brook houses one of the area’s best sledding hills, which is open daily, weather-permitting, from 10 a.m. until dusk. You can also explore the park on cross-country skis or snowshoes from 7 a.m. to dusk, and there are even designated snowmobile trails.

If you love tubing, get to Holiday Valley Tubing Company and check out up to 22 lanes of fast-paced downhill fun, two tows to pull you back up, and a ‘Lil Tubers area for the tykes. The tubing park is open Thursdays through Sundays for a few more weeks. Visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter/tubing/ for rates and more info.

The next few weeks are also the last of the season to hop on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster during its winter season. The coaster, located by Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge, lets guests ride up in their own car, then control their own speed on the twisting, turning way back down. For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter/sky-flyer-mountain-coaster.

Get the kiddos active with SYI’s Winter Family Swim, which began this week. For only $1 per swimmer, head to the high school pool from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, March7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30.

Registration is currently open for SYI’s spring sports (soccer, tee ball, baseball and softball) online at www.syionline.org. Register by March 12 for softball/baseball/tee ball and by March 31 for soccer to avoid late fees. In addition, in-person signups are scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.

Who doesn’t love a good food truck? Chef’s food truck will be making an appearance at Fiddler’s Green Manor on March 9 and 23.

March 10-12, don’t miss the highlight of the winter in Ellicottville during Mardi Gras and Winter Carnival Weekend. If you like parades, check out the annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, March 11.

The following day, check out Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival costume parade down the Mardi Gras trail.

The party continues all weekend with fun activities and events for the whole family. Other highlights include the Snowbar (a bar made out of snow!) with music and fun and the Dummy Downhill, where you can watch homemade “dummies” make their way down the slope. For more info, visit www.olidayvalley.com.

March is the perfect time to support the arts.

Check out SGI’s high school musical this month. The talented cast and crew of Little Shop of Horrors will perform in Lyle G. Palmer Auditorium on March 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now at www.springvillegi.org or can be purchased at the door.

SGI art students will have their artwork on display at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The exhibit, entitled “BOOKENDS: Springville Elementary School and Springville Griffith Institute High School” will run through March 19.

The Spring Community Exhibit is an annual tradition at Springville Center for the Arts. This show features work from artists in Springville and the surrounding area and begins March 25. Artists may submit up to three pieces of work in any size or medium. The detailed submission form is available at SpringvilleArts.org. The completed form should be emailed with digital images of the pieces to Seth Wochensky at scaseth@gmail.com by March 4.

March in WNY also means maple. Be sure to check out the state-wide Maple Weekends, March 18-19 and 25-26. Maple producers across New York will be hosting open houses for the public to see how maple syrup and other related products are made. This family-oriented event features sugar house tours, samples, activities and much more. There are several participating maple farms in and around Springville. For more info, visit www.nysmaple.com.

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring this March. With a huge variety of activities, indoors and out, it’s a great time of year to enjoy all Springville and its neighboring communities have to offer!

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